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Houston Middle School Counseling

We are a preparatory school.
How does The Fay School help?
  • Direct support and counseling in Fourth and Fifth Grade. 

  • Knowledgeable assessment of a student’s competitive position in relation to schools.

  • Assistance and guidance in selecting potential schools and support through the application process.

  • Individual attention and availability – especially after the choice and application process has begun.

  • Advocacy and information through direct contact with admissions officers when appropriate and useful.

What to Expect: A Timeline of Planning
Fall Semester: Fourth Grade

A group meeting will be held in the fall to present the Middle School Counseling Handbook, review the timeline, share important dates and events, and begin to discuss application strategies. Topics include:

  • Interview questions you might be asked

  • Interview questions your family should ask

  • Developing a list of schools to apply to and any specific strategies

Spring Semester: Fourth Grade

Beginning in the spring semester and into the fall semester of Fifth Grade, an individual meeting is held with each family. During this time, we will review the student profile to date, discuss formal applications, and talk through the upcoming application timeline. Much of this work will focus upon developing a list comprised of three different categories of schools. For most families, a productive application strategy is to choose about six schools to which to apply. In this group, there should be one or two “best fit” schools, three “great fit” schools, and two “good fit” schools. Each school will have perceived pluses and minuses that depend on the individual strength of the applicant and values of each family.

Fall Semester: Fifth Grade

Fall Fifth Grade is indeed a busy time. Fifth Grade families will receive a monthly email providing reminders, suggestions, and strategies to complete the process and make sure the school and family are working in concert.

  • We will review the student’s profile once again, this time taking into account any significant changes. We will then make any additions and/or deletions to the list of schools and work to classify each school in one of three distinct areas: best fit, great fit, or good fit.

  • Applications should be completed during this time

  • Mock interviews with the  Director of Enrollment will be scheduled in early October to prepare students for their individual visitations to schools.

Spring Semester: Fifth Grade

This is the home stretch! Students will sit for two standardized tests to complete their profile with applicant schools.

  • The Fay School is a closed testing site for our students to take the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). A practice examination will be administered in the days leading up to the OLSAT.

  • The Fay School is a closed testing site for our students to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE).